to book GoldFish Moving as soon as you exchange contracts and the
completion date is set. Get at least three estimates from different
firms and don't automatically accept the cheapest; you tend to get what
you pay for. When comparing estimates, make sure you are comparing like
with like. Are packing materials, boxes, cartons and crates and VAT all
A few weeks before the move, the removal firm should send someone to
establish what the move will entail. Now is the time to point out
anything that needs special care and attention, such as antiques,
computers, pictures, etc. Highlight any large or awkward items of
furniture, such as a piano - which may require a specialist handler
and/or have to be winched in through a window - or sofa.
Tell GoldFish Moving if access from your old property or to your
new property is likely to be difficult. Parking space for the removal
lorry will also need to be considered. Such problems can add to the cost
of a move and should be considered in the estimate. Don't accept an
estimate over the phone. All quotations should be in writing and include
pricing for packing, loading and unloading, storage (if required),
special handling for breakables and valuables and any other special
requests, such as curtain hanging and cleaning.
When you accept an estimate, insist that a written quotation is sent
to you as soon as possible. Establish a written timetable with the
removal firm and check the foreman has all the necessary details. Make
sure the removal firm has a clear map showing how to find your new home.
Notify relevant parties of your new address
- Telephone and Internet service providers
- Notify TV Licensing of your new address. Your TV licence doesn't
automatically move with you when you move house. If you don't notify TV
Licensing of you new address, you could end up being unlicensed in your
new home, even if you paid for a licence at your old address. Anyone who
watches TV without a licence risks prosecution and a fine of up to
£1000, so make sure you're covered.
It's easy to update your details. Simply log on to www.tvlicensing.co.uk or call 0844 800 6722
and follow the instructions. You'll be asked for your TV Licence number
and new address. It only takes a minute or two to transfer your
- Bank, building society, pension provider and any company you have loans or investments with
- Credit card and store card companies
- Inland Revenue - see www.hmrc.gov.uk for a list of offices
- Local council regarding council tax
- Subscriptions to magazines, charities, etc.
- The schools your children attend
- It is a legal requirement to notify DVLA - you will need to renew your driving licence and vehicle registration document
- Friends, family and colleagues.
Using storage facilities
GoldFish Moving will accept practically anything as long as it
isn't perishable (food, plants, etc), flammable (noxious chemicals),
illegal (drugs, cash waiting to be laundered) or alive (pets, children).
Expect to be charged for packing, delivery to and from your house, the
amount of space required and the length of time items are to be stored.
Insurance can be arranged through GoldFish Moving or through your
household insurance. GoldFish Moving will make an inventory of everything in storage for your piece of mind.
On the big day
sure the foreman has a layout of your new home so furniture is put in
the correct room. Ensure GoldFish Moving has access to your new home
and is able to park outside the property if
necessary. Have all paperwork and contact numbers relating to the move
with you. Upon arrival, read the meters and check that the phone,
security alarm, electricity, gas, central heating and water work.
Make sure all items that were included in the sale, such as carpets,
curtains and light fittings, are there. If there is anything missing,
contact your solicitor. Alert your surveyor immediately to any serious
faults in the building that were missed in the original survey.
Think about getting the locks changed on your new property - you
never know who the previous owners may have given spare keys to in the
Even if everything is in order and has run smoothly, the chances are
by the end of the day you'll be too shattered to move, so collapse on
the sofa, order a takeaway and crack open a bottle of champagne.